Fracking Jury Still Out

Photo: Neal Santos

  • City Paper continues to highlight the risks of continued industrial encroachment on Philadelphia’s waterways. Fracking and dredging are just two environmental concerns that have attracted cursory tests seeking to prove that such endeavors would not be deleterious. Caution might be wise, the article suggests, for the next five feet to be dredged in the interest of accessibility may kill the city’s waterways once and for all.
  • Last month, the Housing Authority announced that it would auction off over 400 properties, thereby accruing funds to more effectively develop its remaining properties. Yet virtually all of those parcels are to be sold in bundles in Wednesday’s auction, limiting the pool of prospective purchasers and failing to offer another option than public housing for local residents.
  • Newsworks reports on East Falls’ Rivage site public meeting, in which two developers presented their designs for the space across form the Falls Bridge. The community’s initial reaction (preferring the hip-modernity rendering of Onion Flats LLC to the more cautious FCP-East Village PA design) will inform a final decision by the Redevelopment Authority.
  • PlanPhilly announces  that the Centre Square office complex and the Mural Arts Program are teaming up to offer SEPTA passengers a “mashup of memory snapshots” of their collective travels at the 15th Street stop’s now bland entrance way “Under the Clothespin.”
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Stephen Currall recently received his BA in history from Arcadia University. Before beginning doctoral studies, he is pursuing his interest in local history, specifically just how Philadelphians engage their vibrant past. Besides skimming through 18th century letters, Steve is also interested in music and travel.

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